A movie theater screening of ” The Forever Purge” ended in real life horror in Corona, California on Monday night. According to Variety, police arrived at Regal Edwards Corona Crossings at about 11:45 p.m. in response to a shooting that killed an 18-year-old woman and “badly injured” a 19-year-old man. Police have not named suspects or made arrests in the case, but the theater company is working with police.
“We have received confirmation of an incident at our Corona Crossings theatre last night,” the theater said. “We are currently working with the local authorities regarding the investigation. Our primary concern is for the safety and security of our guests and staff.”
The Corona Police Department have not released the names of the victims, as relatives are reportedly still being contacted. The man is being treated for “life-threatening injuries,” but the woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.
As you may know, “The Forever Purge” is the the fifth film in the series based on an annual day of legal crime that’s organized by the country’s government. However, it’s unclear if the shooting is related in any way to the screening of this particular film.
Police are unclear on if an additional person shot both victims or if the scene was an attempted murder-suicide. No weapons, including a gun, were found at the scene. Police also said an employee found the victims after the movie had already ended.
Captain Tobias Kouroubacalis shared that only six tickets were sold for that particular screening and they’re attempting to track the attendees. It began at 9:35 p.m. Monday evening and lasted about an 1 and 44 minutes, according to the run time.
“The Forever Purge,” written and produced by James DeMonaco, was released earlier this month on Fourth of July weekend, according to Deadline. The movie’s release was delayed in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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